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Habañero Polocrosse Club

We are hot, Hot, HOT!!!

2247 Kelly Road SW

Albuquerque, New Mexico 87105

How to get in contact with us:

Phone: 505-235-6457


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Nothins' hotter than Habañero on Horseback!


When it comes to Polocrosse, these Habañero's on horseback are all about the game.


As the name implies, Polocrosse is a combination of Polo and Lacrosse where players on horseback use a racket to pass a ball back and forth as they attempt to score a point between two upright posts at the end of the 160-yard playing field.


Here in Albuquerque, NM the Habañero's have been playing since 1991 under the leadership of Jim Byrd and Willy Van Sumeren, both local business owners whose families live in the South Valley where they have owned and ridden horses for years. They have cultivated the team from its infancy in 1991 to its peak with 25 members in 1999. In 2008, we are pleased to have nine members on the roster ranging in age from 12 years old to 52 years young.


Our goal as a Polocrosse club is to provide an opportunity for local New Mexico families to participate in a fun, family oriented, & [comparatively <G>] affordable equestrian sport.  We practice & play hard, but we keep it fun.  Just watch some of us charging down the field with maniacal grins plastered on our faces, and that’s just the horses!


Polocrosse, you see, can be enjoyed by all ages. Individual players are rated and enjoy play in their rated  group, not their age group. Hence, it is not uncommon to see three generations playing polocrosse and certainly two generations playing on the same team. Not too many sports can boast that type of diversity on the playing field.


In our club, Willy's 13 year old daughter Mae Lee enjoys fierce camaraderie and loving competition with her dad on the field during practice. Jim's two sons, ages 7 and 5, are mere years away from joining the sport, and 21 year old Zach has prudently refrained from whacking the ball out of his mom's racket during practice, preferring instead to let one of the other players go there.


And although the game may appear daunting, riders of all ages, skill levels, and disciplines can learn the game and will be surprised at how well their existing skills translate to racing down a field on horseback...ball in racket, hotly pursued by an opponent on both sides, one of whom tries to jostle the ball from you. But your team mate uses his horse to peel off an opponent on the left and you make your break, wheeling off in that direction to launch the ball from your racket across the field to be picked up by your scoring team mate who in turn, is hotly pursued with both of those players intent on capturing the ball. And to think that you only learned to both ride a horse and play polocrosse a mere three years ago!


The Habañero Polocrosse Field is right here in Albuquerque at 2247 Kelly Street near South Coors and Arenal.  Click here for a map. We welcome observers during our Saturday practice sessions at noon, just be sure to bring a chair, shade and beverage! If you would like to check it out as a potential activity for you and your horse, you are welcome to bring your horse down to the field or ride one of ours. (Call 505-934-1984 or check our web calendar to be sure we have practice).


From Ropers to Wranglers and Dressage or Pony Club: If you decide you would like to join us, we will teach you how to safely introduce and integrate your own horse into the sport from whatever discipline you practice now. Click here for our affordable Lesson Sessions in polocrosse or general horseback riding for all ages.


Keep your rackets up and your heels down!

New Mexico's first seal was designed shortly after the organization of the Territorial Government, in 1851.  The original seal has long since disappeared, possibly as part of the artifacts placed into the cornerstone of the Soldiers Monument in the Santa Fe Plaza.  Imprints of the original seal show it consisted of the American Eagle, clutching an olive branch in one talon, and three arrows in the other.  Along the outside rim was the inscription "Great Seal of the Territory NM." 

In the early 1860's an unknown official adopted a new seal, using a design similar to today's Great Seal.  It featured the American Bald Eagle, its outstretched wings shielding a smaller Mexican Eagle, symbolizing the change of sovereignty from Mexico to the United States in 1846.  The smaller Mexican Brown, or Harpy, Eagle grasped a snake in its beak and cactus in its talons, portraying an ancient Aztec myth.  The outside rim of the seal contained the words "Territory of New Mexico," with the date of 1850 along the bottom in Roman numerals (MDCCCL). 

It is not clear when the Latin phrase "Crescit Eundo" was added to the seal, but in 1882, Territorial Secretary W.G. Ritch embellished the earlier design with the phrase, which translates as "it grows as it goes".  This version of the seal was adopted as New Mexico's "official seal and coat of arms" by the Territorial Legislature in 1887. 

When New Mexico became a state in 1912, the Legislature named a Commission for the purpose of designing a State Seal.  In the meantime, the Legislature authorized interim use of the Territorial Seal with the words "Great Seal of the State of New Mexico" substituted.  In June 1913, the Commission, which consisted of Governor William C. McDonald, Attorney General Frank W. Clancy, Chief Justice Clarence J. Roberts, and Secretary of State Antonio Lucero, filed its report adopting the general design of the Territorial Seal, substituting only the date 1912 for the Roman numerals.  That seal is still in use today as the official seal of New Mexico.

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